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Ford government extending driver’s license fee freeze

By CJ Goater Feb 15, 2024 | 3:17 PM

Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister of Transportation - Screen Capture via Government of Ontario Announcements YouTube

The province is proposing to make the current freeze on driver’s licence and Ontario Photo Card fees permanent through legislation, saving drivers across the province an estimated $66 million over the next five years.

The current freeze was put in place in 2019 and according to the Ontario government has saved applicants a total of $22 million. If this passes future governments will have to pass legislation to be able to undo the freeze.

The province also announced it is keeping costs down for drivers in southern Ontario by introducing legislation that would if passed, ban tolls on provincial highways. This ban would apply to the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway once uploaded to the province, as well as the province’s 400-series highways.

“Our government under the leadership of Premier Ford is on a mission to keep costs down for families and businesses,” said Minister of Transportation Prabmeet Sarkaria. “First, we scrapped the tolls on Highways 412 and 418, now we’re protecting drivers from the costs of new tolls. Together with our cut in the gas tax and eliminating the licence plate sticker fee, we’re saving drivers hundreds of dollars every year.”